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Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise: A Novel of Bright's Pond [Kindle Edition]

Joyce Magnin
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Newly widowed Charlotte Figg purchases a double-wide trailer sight unseen and moves to the Paradise Trailer Park with her dog Lucky. Unfortunately, neither the trailer nor Paradise are what Charlotte expected. Her trailer is a ramshackle old place in need of major repair, and the people of Paradise are harboring more secrets than Bayer has aspirin. Charlotte’s new friend Rose Tattoo learns that Charlotte played softball and convinces her to rally the women of Paradise into a team. Reluctant at first, Charlotte warms to the notion and is soon coaching the Paradise Angels. Meanwhile, Charlotte discovers that the manager of Paradise, Fergus Wrinkel, abuses his wife Suzy. Charlotte sets out to find a way to save Suzy from Fergus and in the process comes to a difficult realization about her own painful marriage.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1072 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (1 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #507,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was sorry to finish it 18 Aug. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I absolutely loved this book .. from the very first page,right up to the last. I felt a sense of loss when I finished reading it .The characters spring to life and you'll laugh with them and maybe shed a tear or two with them as well . From Rose to Ginger .. I love them all! I hope there are more tales to come from 'Paradise Park'
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trailer Park triumph 3 Sept. 2011
By tdk
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I probably wouldn't have read this book if it hadn't been free, and I would have missed a real treat.
When Charlotte Figg's domineering husband dies unexpectedly she decides to pack up and move to the ill-named Paradise Trailer Park.
On arrival at the park accompanied by her rescued (and rescuing) dog, Lucky, Charlotte finds that she has been duped by Fergus the trailer park manager. Charlotte is persuaded to stay by her new friends, Rose Tattoo and Asa. Charlotte decides to help herself and the women of the trailer park by setting up a softball team (I have no idea what softball is, it sounds like rounders).
The team helps unify the women acting as a catalyst to change both their and Charlotte's outlook on life. They are hindered by the attitudes of the menfolk (the book is set in the early seventies), the arrival of Charlotte's mother, the birth of a baby and a tornado!
The characters in this book are a joy. I particularly enjoyed the character of Charlotte's mother. Charlotte's description of the team provides a hint of the varied nature of the teammates.
"What we have is a hell-on-wheels midget and a one-armed pitching coach. Not to mention a lactating mother with sore breasts, a tattooed lady, a group of housewives who need some fun in their lives,"
Alongside the fun of pie baking and team games this book also deals with the difficult theme of domestic abuse and it's consequences.
I know it is a cliche but I couldn't put this book down, even though I was incredibly tired and my wrists ached from holding my kindle!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Softball, pies and a dog called Lucky 2 Sept. 2011
By Bob
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I have read a number of Joyce Magnin's Bright Pond books, this one does not feature any of the Bright Pond characters except by a passing reference, in fact it is set in the Paradise trailer park on the outskirts of Bright Pond. As usual it is a fine piece of descriptive writing but slightly different to the other books which were entirely "feel good" this one covers more difficult subjects like wife beating and although handled well it felt a little out of place. All of the new characters were so well described as were the locations that I could easily visualise them, a big plus. Needless to say everything works out fine in the end and it still has the feel good factor. I still think that her best book was "Griselda takes flight" but this was still good. Some of the reviews on Joyce Magnin's books have criticised the religious content I am not sure why as it is appropriate in the context of the books and does not try to preach. This like the other books in the series is aimed at book reading circles and the like as at there is a list of questions at the back, I did not read them as I read for pleasure rather than to try and analyse the contents of books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book 26 Sept. 2011
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I got this book because if was free, and it is the most delightful book I've read for a very long time. I felt bereft when it finished, as I'd got so immersed in the lives of the rather odd assortment of residents of Paradise Park.
The author captures the whole of humanity in a trailer park -from the nasty, wife-beating manager, to the midget, the one armed handyman and the tattooed lady with a sad past and a heart of gold. And there is Lucky, the dog! They are all bound together by Charlotte -the new resident whose husband had died and she found an ad for the trailer in a neighour's mail.
I still miss reading this book. I rationed myself to just a few chapters a day, to spin it out, and I'm so sad it's finished. I looked to see if there was a sequel, but sadly not.
It would make a great TV series.
A really lovely book, that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Possibly not a book for agnostics, as there are religious references, but they don't overwhelm the story at all.
Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Restores my faith in human nature 26 May 2012
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When her husband, Herman, dies unexpectedly Charlotte Figg decides on the spur of the moment to do something different. She adopts a dog, Lucky, and buys a double wide trailer without even going to look at it. When she arrives at Paradise - the trailer park - what she's bought turns out to be in a very bad state and she nearly chickens out. But then the park residents come to her aid and gradually make her realise that Paradise really could be Paradise for her.

I probably wouldn't have bought this book but it happened to be free and the title intrigued me. I'm really glad I took the time to read it. The book is full of eccentric characters and those with a secret they want to keep. Few can stand against Charlotte once she decides to get something going. Setting up a women's softball team against the wishes of most of the men, trying to get a battered wife to leave her husband, making pies for any and every occasion and communing with God from the top of a sculpture of a giant hand are just a few of the things Charlotte finds herself doing as her life changes in ways she could never have foreseen a few months before. It is only when Charlotte's mother arrives for an extended visit and wants her to move to Florida that Charlotte realises how much she loves life in Paradise. This is a real heart-warming story and left me feeling good about life in general and human nature.

The author brings the characters to life and I felt when I'd finished reading that if I met the characters in real life I would recognise them; there's Asa who manages as much with one arm as many people do with two; Rose who hides her scars under long sleeves and tattoos; Hazel who shares her trailer with Smiley the cat. Then there are the women who make up the softball team who find that their lives are changing and gradually their men are accepting that they have lives of their own. I recommend this book to anyone who would like to restore their faith in human nature.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
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Published 9 months ago by Sue S
5.0 out of 5 stars great read.
Loved this book, funny, heartwarming ad well written. An easy read, but draws you in from the first page. Recommended.
Published 13 months ago by TB
3.0 out of 5 stars Not particularly my type of book but downloaded by my ...
Not particularly my type of book but downloaded by my daughter so I read it it was an entertaining light read
Published 15 months ago by C. Mwero
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Summer Read.
Oh I really enjoyed reading about Charlotte Figg and her adventures in 'Paradise', The images conjured up by Joyce Magnin's writing are wonderful. Read more
Published 16 months ago by S. Godwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book
I loved the writing style in this book. It kept me hooked right till the end. I would recommend it.
Published 18 months ago by Marjory Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
It is ages since I read this book and yet I still remember it which tells me it was a very good, and uplifting read. Read more
Published 19 months ago by K. Storch
5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness
With the death of her husband, you would expect sadness but this is just the start of a new life for Charlotte.
Published 24 months ago by Wendy Moses
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning - you may laugh out loud!
This should come with a health warning - I was reading this while stuck on a coach on the M5 and probably got some odd looks from those around me from time to time. Read more
Published on 29 July 2013 by DJW13
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This was a truly lovely read, the characters sprang to life really quickly and enjoyed every minute of it, will be searching out some more from Joyce Magnin.
Published on 12 July 2013 by Miss Deanne Louise Firth
4.0 out of 5 stars Optimistic, funny and agreeable reading
I loved the idea of Charlotte selling up her respectable middle-class existence to live in a caravan park after the death of her husband. Read more
Published on 26 Jun. 2013 by Evelyn
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